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OMG Members Meet to Advance Integration Standards; New Standards Effort Will Integrate CORBA, SOAP Technologies.

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NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2000

The latest Object Management Group (OMG) Technical Meeting Week, sponsored by Fujitsu, Ltd., attracted over 500 OMG members and guests to Burlingame, CA, USA from September 11 to 15, 2000 where they advanced the organization's standards efforts and participated in many other related activities. Four tutorials covered CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) A software-based interface from the Object Management Group (OMG) that allows software modules (objects) to communicate with each other no matter where they are located on a private network or the global (R), the Object Management Architecture (OMA), fault-tolerant CORBA, and the Unified Modeling Language See UML.

(language) Unified Modeling Language - (UML) A non-proprietary, third generation modelling language. The Unified Modeling Language is an open method used to specify, visualise, construct and document the artifacts of an object-oriented software-intensive system
(TM) (UML(TM)). Two other standards organizations - the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission See IEC.

(standard, body) International Electrotechnical Commission - (IEC) A standardisation body at the same level as ISO.
), an electrical power standards organization; and the NTCIP, working on a standard protocol for Intelligent Transportation Systems - met jointly with the OMG during the week.

Members viewed live demonstrations of twenty CORBA-based products including two showing multi-vendor interoperability: One, sponsored by The Open Group, highlighted that organization's testing program by networking six Object Request Brokers (ORBs): Interstage from Fujitsu, OmniORB from AT&T, Visibroker from Inprise, ORBacus from OOC, MICO from the MICO project was entered by Puder Consulting, and TAO from the University of Washington was entered by GMD (company) GMD - Full name: "GMD - Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik GmbH" (German National Research Center for Information Technology).

Before April 1995, GMD stood for "Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung" - National Research Center for Computer Science,
 Fokus. The other, sponsored by the Distributed Object Promotion Group (DOPG), a Japanese consortium, went beyond ORBs to also show interoperability of OTS See Office of Thrift Supervision.  (Object Transaction Service) implementations from Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo,, An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).

NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd.

Platform Technology Committee (PTC (PTC, Needham, MA, Long a world leader in mechanical computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software, PTC, through acquisitions and reorganization, has transformed itself into a leading provider of Internet-based B2B solutions for discrete manufacturers. ) Standards Efforts

OMG's PTC works on standards that affect the CORBA infrastructure, and on object-oriented analysis and design Object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) is a software engineering approach that models a system as a group of interacting objects. Each object represents some entity of interest in the system being modeled, and is characterised by its class, its state (data elements), and its . At this meeting, the PTC initiated work on a standard that will integrate the new protocol SOAP with OMG's CORBA architecture. SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol (protocol) Simple Object Access Protocol - (SOAP) A minimal set of conventions for invoking code using XML over HTTP.

DevelopMentor, Microsoft Corporation, and UserLand Software submitted SOAP to the IETF as an internal draft in December 1999.

Latest version: SOAP 1.
) transmits business data expressed in the eXtensible Markup Language See XML.

(language, text) Extensible Markup Language - (XML) An initiative from the W3C defining an "extremely simple" dialect of SGML suitable for use on the World-Wide Web.
 (XML) over the widely-used web protocol HTTP HTTP
 in full HyperText Transfer Protocol

Standard application-level protocol used for exchanging files on the World Wide Web. HTTP runs on top of the TCP/IP protocol.
. In order to take full advantage of this new protocol, enterprises need to integrate it with their existing computing infrastructure. When complete less than a year from now, the new standard will enable this integration by allowing SOAP clients to invoke CORBA servers, and CORBA clients and servers to interoperate using SOAP.

Also in the infrastructure arena, the PTC initiated efforts to standardize methods to transmit CORBA network packets through firewalls, and to adapt Real-Time Object Request Brokers to emit alternative protocols needed for, e.g., telecommunications or other Real-Time applications. The PTC also initiated efforts to standardize a mapping from OMG IDL (1) (Interface Definition Language) A language used to describe the interface to a routine or function. For example, objects in the CORBA distributed object environment are defined by an IDL, which describes the services performed by the object and how the data (TM) (Interface Definition Language See IDL.

Interface Definition Language - (IDL) 1. An OSF standard for defining RPC stubs.

2. Part of an effort by Project DOE at SunSoft, Inc. to integrate distributed object technology into the Solaris operating system.
) to WMLscript, a scripting language based on the Wireless Markup Language Wireless Markup Language, based on XML, is a content format for devices that implement the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) specification, such as mobile phones, and preceded the use of other markup languages now used with WAP, such as XHTML and even standard HTML (which are , and to standardize an activation framework for persistent CORBA servers. Two PTC standardization efforts completed their evaluation phase and started the final series of votes that will promote them to official OMG specification status: CSIv2 (Common Secure Interoperability, version 2), a protocol supporting secure interoperability between different vendors' CORBA products, and Additional Structuring Mechanisms for the Object Transaction Service, supporting long-lived distributed transactions that occur, for example, when arranging a meeting on many people's schedules, or making travel reservations involving an airline, hotel, and rental car company.

UML, one of the OMG's most widely-used standards, supports object-oriented analysis and design and forms a basis for OMG's other modeling standards including the CWM(TM) (Common Warehouse Metamodel For other uses of "CWM", see CWM (disambiguation).
The Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) is a specification for modeling metadata for relational, non-relational, multi-dimensional, and most other objects found in a data warehousing environment.
). Issuance of three RFPs (Request For Proposal) started the process of defining a new major release of the UML standard. The three RFPs cover UML Infrastructure, UML Superstructure, and Object Constraint Language (language) Object Constraint Language - (OCL) A formal specification language extension to UML. The Object Constraint Language is a precise text language that provides constraint and object query expressions on an object-oriented model that cannot otherwise be expressed by  (OCL).

Industry-Specific Technology

OMG's Domain Technology Committee (DTC DTC

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) standardizes technology in vertical industries including Manufacturing, Transportation, Telecommunications, Finance, and Insurance. Clinical Trials, the last stage in the testing of new drugs before they can be approved for general use, generate large amounts of data. A new facility, to be standardized by OMG's Life Science Research Domain Task Force, will allow these data to pass from one stage of analysis to another, or to persistent storage, using standard interfaces and representations. Another new standardization effort will produce a CORBA-based Payroll Facility with interfaces expressed in OMG IDL.

The DTC charters Task Forces to standardize technology in different areas. At this meeting, the DTC chartered a new Space Domain Task Force, working on CORBA-based space, satellite and ground system software.

Any company may join OMG and respond to the RFPs that initiate new standards efforts. To access the RFPs, see For membership information, see

Liaisons with Other Organizations

OMG maintains a vigorous liaison program, maintaining relations with dozens of outside organizations. At this meeting, OMG's Liaison Subcommittee formalized relationships with the AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group), devoted to business process and practice in the automotive industry supply chain, and the CCSDS (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) was formed in 1982 by the major space agencies of the world to provide a forum for discussion of common problems in the development and operation of space data systems. ), an international organization of space agencies standardizing interchange of space-related information.

OMG Board of Directors Meeting

Following approval by an OMG Task Force, Architecture Board, and Technology Committee, a vote by the OMG's Board of Directors officially declares a new specification. The Board met in Burlingame to give final approval to three new and six revised specifications: New technology adoptions include a Public Key Infrastructure supporting e-Commerce, a facility for ordering and provisioning Telecommunications services, and a CORBA profile for the UML. Maintenance revisions were adopted for these OMG specifications: CORBA core, the mapping from OMG IDL to the languages C and Python, CORBA Messaging, the Interoperable Naming Service, and the Product Data Management (PDM) facility. The board also elected new members from NetGenics, Inc., and MSC Software Corporation.

About The OMG

With the support of its membership of software vendors, software developers and end users, the OMG's CORBA is "The Middleware That's Everywhere(TM)." Since 1989, the OMG has been "Setting The Standards For Distributed Computing(TM)" through its mission to promote the theory and practice of object technology for the development of distributed computing systems. The goal is to provide a common architectural framework for object-oriented applications based on widely available interface specifications. The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA and has international marketing offices in Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan and the UK, along with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, USA.

For information on joining the OMG or additional information, please contact OMG headquarters by phone at +1-781-444 0404, by fax at +1-781-444 0320, or by email at The OMG provides current information and services for Distributed Object Computing through The Information Brokerage(R) on the World Wide Web at and at

Note to editors: CORBA(R), The Information Brokerage(R), CORBA Academy(R), IIOP(R) and the Object Management Group logo(R) are registered trademarks of the Object Management Group. OMG(TM), Object Management Group(TM), the CORBA Logo(TM), ORB(TM), Object Request Broker(TM), the CORBA Academy logo(TM), XMI (1) (XML Metadata Interchange) An XML-based representation of a UML model. XMI is used to transfer UML diagrams between various modeling tools. See UML.

(2) An earlier high-speed bus from Digital that was used in large VAX machines.
(TM), MOF(TM), CWM(TM), OMG Interface Definition Language(TM), IDL(TM), CORBAservices(TM), CORBAfacilities(TM), CORBAmed(TM), CORBAnet(TM), UML(TM), the UML Cube Logo(TM), and Unified Modeling Language(TM) are trademarks of the Object Management Group. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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